Essential oils for labor


Essential Oils can be very beneficial for every-day personal health. But not too many people know about the healing qualities that essential oils can provide to mothers during pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period. They are effective and perfectly safe to use during pregnancy and labor because they are 100% natural with no synthetic properties. One of the most satisfactory aspects of using essential oils medicinally and cosmetically is that they enter and leave the body with great efficiency, leaving no toxins behind. They serve as a physical, emotional and mental support. Babies also benefit from the use of essential oils in helping their immune systems and enhancing mother/baby bonding.

I only use dōTERRA (CPTG) Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils because they are the safest, purest, and most beneficial essential oils available today. Here are a few examples of how essentials oils are beneficial during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Please visit my online store to order dōTERRA products.


Breast tenderness: use dōTERRA’s blend Solace which is a great hormone balancer
Constipation: use dōTERRA’s blend DigestZen, lemon, peppermint, or fennel
Depression: use dōTERRA’s blend Citrus Bliss, Elevation, Balance, wild orange, ylang ylang, or frankincencse
Swelling: use dōTERRA’s blend Citrus Bliss, Aromatouch, cypress, lavender, ginger, or lemon
Fatigue: use dōTERRA’s blend Citrus Bliss, Elevation, wild orange, lemon, grapefruit, or peppermint
Headaches or dizziness: use dōTERRA’s blend PastTense, Serenity, Deep Blue, lavender, or peppermint
Heartburn: use dōTERRA’s blend DigestZen, peppermint, ginger or wild orange
Muscle cramps: use dōTERRA’s blend Deep Blue, Aromatouch, or marjoram
Nausea: use dōTERRA’s blend DigestZen, peppermint, or ginger
Morning sickness: mix lavender, sandalwood, and ginger into fractionated coconut oil and massage into abdomen
Stretch marks: mix dōTERRA’s blend Citrus Bliss, wild orange, cypress, or geranium with fractionated coconut oil and massage into abdomen
Varicose veins: use lemon, coriander, cypress, geranium, marjoram, or helichrysum
Sleep: use dōTERRA’s blend Serenity, or lavender on the bottoms of your feet

Labor and Birth

Clary Sage is a uterine tonic that assists with effective contractions, calms the nervous system, relieves tension, brings on labor, and helps with expelling afterbirth. Can be blended with geranium, and lavender.
Geranium enhances circulation and is good for labor management techniques, which focus on breathing and pain relief.
Basil can be used to relieve pain in labor and in turn gives you the strength needed to endure with greater ease.
Black Pepper is similar to Basil and can be used to relieve pain in labor—especially back labor.
Citrus Bliss is a combination of the citrus oils and are naturally antibacterial, they are anti-depressant and refreshing.
Myrhh may help to intensify contractions and get things moving when labor has stalled.
Peppermint can help reduce anxiety and hypertension when inhaled.
Elevation is great for creating a joyful experience.
Serenity is a calming blend designed to reduce stress by calming the nervous system, creating a sense of well being.
Balance is the perfect blend to balance and ground you. It can help relax you and increase a sense of courage.
Helichrysum is an excellent lubricant oil for perineum support during pushing. It helps to stretch tissue while minimizing pain and swelling, and avoiding tears.

Postpartum and Baby

Frankincense can be used on the baby in the first few minutes after birth to help the baby feel that everything is going to be okay.
Balance gives a baby a grounding effect and makes them feel like they belong.
Melissa helps us remember our original blueprint and assist us in reaching our highest potential

Colic or tummy aches: use DigestZen or fennel (diluted in fractionated coconut oil)
Ear infections: use melaluca and basil around the ear
Diaper rash: use sandlewood or myrhh (diluted in fractionated coconut oil) and coat the area
Teething: use a drop of white fir directly to gums

*Most of the content on this page is referenced from Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Baby by Stephanie Fritz LM, CPM. I highly recommend purchasing this book if you are interested in learning more about Essentials oils during pregnancy and birth.

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Medical Disclaimer
The product statements on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. dōTERRA essential wellness products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. All information I provide is my opinion—I can not treat, diagnose, or prescribe anything for anyone or advise them about what they should be doing for their health condition.

All of the information that I post is based on scientific research, as well as my own personal experience. It is up to you to research and form your own opinions on these topics. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Please consult with a qualified medical professional to address specific health concerns you might have.